We found 4 medical oncologists who accept United Healthcare Compass Balanced near Frisco, TX.

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Dr. Nithya Palanisamy, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4461 Coit Road; Suite 100
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Nithya Palanisamy is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She works in McKinney, TX and Frisco, TX. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer and blood disorders. Dr. Palanisamy takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Allen. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cancer, Blood Disorders

Dr. Korie Leigh Flippo, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
8380 Warren Parkway; Suite 504
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Korie Flippo is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult hematology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology. Dr. Flippo is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver.

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Dr. Mohammed Abdul Ahad Athar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
8380 Warren Parkway; Suite 504
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Mohammed Athar's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Athar is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Gerardo Hernandez Trillo, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
4461 Coit Road; Suite 100
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Trillo is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. In addition to English, Dr. Trillo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center and Texas Oncology.

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.
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